Yesterday was a day I don't want to repeat ever again.I never actually thought I would ever Emo or Drama on my blog , it wasn't something that I ever wanted to do, but felt strongly about defending What's New. Somehow in all that I ended up having to defend myself.
In the past there was reference to people that edit repeatedly on their blogs, knowing that it would bump up their blog in the feed. I always in the past really thought that was humorous that people would think others need that much attention,as we all know that everyone that visits the feed scrolls through the whole thing , and many do so a few times a day, so wherever you are placed you are going to be seen.
In the past also I said that I was not willing to change my timezones on my blog , and believed very much that it was about timezones the placement. I never really looked at my standing up for keeping my own as being greedy, but it was something I felt I needed to keep as its the only thing I have in Phils Place that keeps me Australian.
Some people that know me, or people that have had dealings with me, know exactly the times I keep in Phils Place and they are nothing to do with Australian ones, I log on anywhere between 10pm my time and 1am and usually don't log out for the last time until between 5-7pm depending on the day. I do this because I work here , and because if I stuck to Australian times customers and things I need to deal with throughout any given day would be put on hold for too long.
I was able to make some sense of my days with my blog, knowing what I did and when based on my times, something little but something I needed to hold on to. There is also another reason for it, one only a few people in Phils Place know about, and because of that I CANNOT lie about where I am, in the past for Yahoo accounts I have put in an American postcode just to make sure I only had a .com addy but thats the extent of it, does this holding on to something so silly sound odd, sure it does, I know it and you know it , but it's what I need to do.
I was always certain as I said that the reason I was at the top to start with was because of the fact I post in the future , many have argued the point, but yesterday I got proof. Before I show it and explain what I did to get it, I have a few apologies to make.
First off this is the ONE and ONLY time I have ever manipulated the feed, and for that I am sorry that it went that far that I was forced to do so. Second apology is to anyone that knows me that thinks that I would ever do such a thing, because the fact that you do means I am somehow portraying that. Lastly my apology is to those that don't know me, because your impression of me based on this means again I have let people down, melodramatic to some sure , you can think so , go ahead , but those that really know me know that yesterday would have completely gutted me, regardless of what I said and how I acted throughout the day.
Now the proof and how I got it. I never look at the feed as much as I did yesterday, and when I do I skim it fast, again its all about visual,if I see pictures that catch my eye I stop and if I see lots of text I also stop, because I like reading what people have to say if its passionate.
Yesterday though on finding out that too many, and for me too many can mean just one,people thought that Phoenix's post was about me, that they thought I was the one that was being referred to as playing with the feed blew me away, anyway I watched it and it was after my rant. My post sat on top for ages.
I was wondering why my blog and not whats new did that, as to me they were both the same. So checked and found out that I never made What's New Aussie time, because I wasn't only going to be posting on it, and everything I did post was going to be about a store in phils place and pertain to that timestamp.
So I thought, I wonder what would happen if I did make it aussie time, and thats my first 'Sorry' I changed it to the exact time mine is and asked Alexa of Dark Eden if it was possible to post for her the latest release from Dark Eden as Etain was afk, I could have waited to see if anyone else posted for the day , but as I was clearly upset and also wanted to post just as I post on my own blog , this was going to be a way of clearing things up.
You can click on the pictures to see the full size of them
I posted and waited for the update to the feed , and waited and waited and waited , yesterday it didn't do 15 minute slots it did nearly an hour before a change, again another reason I would sit on top for ages. Sure enough update occurs and there it is Dark Edens What's New post above my rant.
So then I put it back , and waited for the next update , and bam down it goes , what I also came to notice, is that the feed puts a timestamp on each post on the feed page, a time that is in NO way the time the post was made.
I went back to my blog and looked at the time, I posted it at 2.19am aussie time and that is actually incorrect too, you see that is the time I actually clicked on the New Post button, as while I was typing my rant I was in IM's with a few different people so it took longer to actually finish, and the first comment was only minutes after it went to publish which was just before 4am , that time in no way changed on my post , but yet the timestamps the feed gave it did a few times. Those timestamps are also in running order for a fair few blogs and then alter again , which is very odd.
This is where I started to freak out, by now I had started moving down the page, and was happy with that, but then BOOM I was back up top and I said to Efe, I haven't done a thing the only thing that i have done on my blog is comment.
So then I questioned that , it couldn't be that, could it ? could blogger and the feed be that sensitive that when I comment on my own comments section in my own blog , that blogger and the feed look at it as a change? I am signed in when I comment and its my blog , but is that even possible.
Unfortunately it is :( , and this is my second apology for knowing that if this actually was the case , then I was about to go back up top again. But I do hope you forgive that fact, as this was my only way to show that there has never been a time I have or would do such a thing, the only times I have ever edited my posts have been at the request of a designer, because of incorrect slurl or not giving credit to a collab.
I saw that Ashia had added a comment so ran to the feed opened and again took another pic, you can see that I am below and what timestamp it says above me on the other post.
I commented and waited and waited , not as long this time, and BAM there I am again top of the feed and a higher timestamp than the person I was below earlier.
Not every day do I get comments on my posts , but when I do I generally comment back, and not always straight away but sometimes hours later, if this as I have shown does bump me up as the feed generates it as an edit of some sort , that would explain why there are days I shift upwards.
Was I aware of this until now ? NO I wasn't because those that really do know me, know that I do not give a rats about spotlight, the clothes and products I show deserve their time on the feed wherever it is as much as everyone elses, if my blog was just my ramblings about whatever , there would be no need to even be on there , but I blog fashion, and I am not silly enough to believe that the only reason I get sent stuff is because I do great posts,even I dont think I do.
I know its because I am on the feed and that means more people see the products, would I ever make sure that I was at the top all day , NO a thousand times NO, I haven't enough time in my day to do something that manipulative and it's not my character. But again that anyone at all has thought so hurts me more than I can even express, what this has done though has shown me that everything isn't always as we think, that we have unfortunately become a bit too jaded lately -that has come up a few times this week in other things - and to assume the evil and bad is something we are doing way too much lately, myself included.
My own actions coming into question this way really opened my eyes to a few things and again my apologies to anyone who thought that I was doing this. Also again my apologies to people that I did post over yesterday to show that Blogger and the feed aren't exactly compatible.
If you comment on this , please understand I wont be commenting back , not a risk I really want to take right now , also if you have a blogger account and are sceptical about what I have shown , then please try it , my time zone is sydney australia , I usually post my blog first thing in the day -my time - which is as I have said around the midnight early morning time, that of course would also be why I stay up high for so long, as thats a huge amount of time for the feed to make up.
It is the time of the day easiest for me to post and some days I post later , it just depends, I don't know how to remedy this situation at all other than changing timezones on my blog, and as I said for me that is a hard thing to do, something I will have to think about though.